Franco at West Ham United in April 2010
|Full name||Guillermo Luis Franco Farquarson|
|Date of birth||3 November 1976|
|Place of birth||Corrientes, Argentina|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|2009–2010||West Ham United||23||(5)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 January 2013|
Guillermo Luis Franco Farquarson (born 3 November 1976) is an Argentine naturalized Mexican former football striker. Franco last played for Major League Soccer club Chicago Fire. He also played for the Mexico national team, until his international retirement in September 2010.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Club career
- 3 International career
- 4 Statistics
- 5 Honours
- 6 References
- 7 External links
He then joined Mexican Monterrey in the middle of 2002, and made his debut during the 2002 Apertura. Franco was very successful with the Rayados, and led the league in scoring during the 2004 Apertura with 15 goals in 16 games, playing as a striker. He was part of the team that won the Primera División de México championship in 2003 and achieved runner-up position twice in 2004 and 2005.
Subsequently, Franco spent three years in Spain playing for Villarreal, but his spell was plagued with injuries. In his first season, Franco helped Villareal reach the semifinal of the UEFA Champions League where they lost to Arsenal. Franco also scored a goal that qualified Villarreal for the UEFA Cup, in a 1–0 victory against Celta de Vigo.
West Ham United
In September 2009, Franco signed for West Ham United on a one-year contract, becoming the first Mexican to play for the Hammers. On 25 September, it was disclosed that due to West Ham's perilous financial situation following former chairman Björgólfur Guðmundsson's financial collapse, West Ham's CEO Scott Duxbury, and their Sporting and Football Technical Director Gianluca Nani, had part financed the deal from their own salaries. Franco made his debut for West Ham on 17 October 2009 in a 2–1 away defeat to Stoke City. He scored his first goal for the team on 31 October 2009 to put them 1–0 up against Sunderland away from home, in a game that finished 2–2. Franco became the third Mexican player to score in the Premier League, Jared Borgetti and Carlos Vela being the first and second respectively. On 24 April 2010, Franco assisted Scott Parker, who scored for the winner in a 3–2 victory against Wigan Athletic; a win which would see them safe from relegation. In May, despite his wish to stay at the club, it was announced that West Ham had released Franco.
The striker then spent one semester as a free agent, until he joined Vélez Sársfield back in Argentina on January 2011. He signed a one-year deal making his debut coming on as a second-half substitute for Santiago Silva on a 2–2 draw at Independiente, for the first fixture of the 2011 Clausura. Subsequently, he played the starting minutes of the Copa Libertadores debut against Caracas FC, suffering a shoulder injury that left him out for the remainder of the season. Having played less than 30 minutes, he offered the club to terminate his contract, or suspend his salary until he recovered, though Vélez rejected it. He returned for the 2011 Copa Libertadores quarter-finals, entering the field and scoring one goal from a penalty in a 4–2 victory over Libertad. He also played the last 5 games of the 2011 Clausura (one as a starter), helping his team win the Argentine league title.
On 29 January 2013, Franco announced his retirement from football.
He played at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and was a part of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup squad. During the 2010 World Cup qualification, he contributed two goals in six games. Franco played in all four matches for Mexico at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
In September 2010, he announced his retirement from international football.
|1995–96||San Lorenzo||Primera División
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Europe||Total|
|2009–10||West Ham United||Premier League||23||5||0||0||-||-||23||5|
|2010–11||Vélez Sársfield||Primera División
|USA||League||Open Cup||North America||Total|
As of 14 November 2010
|1.||8 October 2005||Estadio Alfonso Lastras, San Luis Potosí, Mexico||Guatemala||1–1||5–2||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2.||1 March 2006||Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, United States||Ghana||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|3.||10 June 2009||Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico||Trinidad and Tobago||1–0||2–1||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4.||23 July 2009||Soldier Field, Chicago, United States||Costa Rica||1–0||5–3 (p.s.o.)||2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|5.||26 July 2009||Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, United States||United States||5–0||5–0||2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup|
|6.||5 September 2009||Estadio Ricardo Saprissa, San José, Costa Rica||Costa Rica||2–0||3–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|7.||24 May 2010||Wembley Stadium, London, England||England||1–2||1–3||Friendly|
- San Lorenzo
- CF Monterrey
- Vélez Sársfield
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